311 ADELPHY ST.
BROOKLYN, N. Y.
1st May 1873
Charlie H Philips
My Dear Sir -
I like the
tone of your letter very much. I
hope you may succeed in doing
all you aspire to. May I advise
you? Read widely, patiently, persistently.
Read nothing but the very best
books, see all you can of life &
people, think of all you see, remember
all you think & see. Whenever you
write do your best, even in a
"county newspaper". Let your health
be exceeding precious in your sight.
And reflect that all
literary effort is "an energetic
strife after simplicity." And do not
be in a hurry. Wordsworth was a
model in this regard.
Forgive my venturing to advise
on the ground of the interest your
letter excited in me, & when
you come to New York come to
Sincerely Your Friend